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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Aquarium Dream turns into a Nightmare.

Long story short: I set up a new 20g tank around the middle of March. It was looking great the first week and a half but then things started to change. It used to house 6 mollies and three other fish that I can't remember. The fish kept on dying one by one along with all of my red cherry shrimp, not from the water quality but from a parasite. I received these parasites from my lfs, but I quarantined them for about a week and treated them with a parasite medication. Turns out that they survived somehow and I am still fighting them as they are in some of my fish. These parasites have also found their ways into ALL of my tanks and I am doing my best to get rid of them. Now because of these parasites, I have no more Red Cherry Shrimp, I lost over $15.00 for each fish, and the fish tank is slowly falling apart.

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$15 in fish isn't a nightmare.

My recommendation is to start over from scratch if you can't kill the parasite, or post over in the relevant section requesting help. don't purchase from the LFS again, start from scratch with a clean tank... I'm guessing maybe a dilute bleach/water solution to kill anything on the glass.

this isn't a nightmare, just a little set back
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^^ +1

$15 is nothing in the scheme of things. Initial fish loss isn't uncommon, and is just a minor setback. Any idea what the parasite is? And do you have any remaining life forms in the tank (fish, plants, shrimp, snails)?

I'd say write it off and start from scratch. Look into treatment options and start there. Remember to treat EVERYTHING in your tank. Decorations, glass, substrate, heaters, filters... anything that the parasite could live in/on. Best of luck!
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I assume a typo with $15.

Losing $15 sucks, losing $150 sucks ten-fold.

That said, you are probably the carrier of the parasite between tanks. Either on your person or by sharing tools between tanks and not cleaning them. How do we know that we are dealing with a parasite?

You say you set the tank up around the middle of March, yet it is only early April... Did you cycle the tank at all?
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How do you know it's a parasite?
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Losing $15 sucks, losing $150 sucks ten-fold.
In the long run you'll realize that $150 is nothing, once you get into the more expensive stock losing a single fish, shrimp, or coral will cost you three to four times that. And over the years you will lose a lot no matter what you do. Just pick up what's left, learn from your mistakes, and don't sweat it.

Aquarium keeping is by no means a cheap hobby.
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In the long run you'll realize that $150 is nothing, once you get into the more expensive stock losing a single fish, shrimp, or coral will cost you three to four times that. And over the years you will lose a lot no matter what you do. Just pick up what's left, learn from your mistakes, and don't sweat it.

Aquarium keeping is by no means a cheap hobby.
hell, people spend more than that redoing their tanks every so many months because they're not happy with it
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hell, people spend more than that redoing their tanks every so many months because they're not happy with it
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I just dropped $500 on hardware and am planning on stocking with 20-30 shadow panda's and blue bolts which run somewhere between $50-200ea depending on grade.



Budget for the hobby if you plan on expanding or maintaining your aquarium, I'm a full time student yet still manage to find time and money to set aside for my hobby (and when you're taking 30 credit hours a semester you definitely need a hobby to keep yourself sane). Set aside a little money every chance you get, saving and budgeting your finances is one of the most valuable skills you can acquire and will make a world of difference in your overall quality of life!
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Talking about $15.00 each fish. I lost about 7 or so and their are some that are sick.
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I know that fishkeeping isn't a cheap hobby by the way, I use the money from working on my fish, and I know it is a parasite because the tank is covered by hundreds of white worms.
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I will sell you new painted cherries for $15 a piece
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White worms that you can see in your tank are not likely to be parasites that kill fish/shrimp.
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Aquarium Dream turns into a Nightmare.

Just because you found white worms doesn't mean you have a parasite.

They could be any number of non fish killing worms.

Did you even cycle this tank?

$15 for a mollie isn't realistic IMO..

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Just because you found white worms doesn't mean you have a parasite.

They could be any number of non fish killing worms.

Did you even cycle this tank?

$15 for a mollie isn't realistic IMO..
1+ sounds like you have water issue than parasite. Mostly like the tank is going through a mini cycle. You'll need to run a complete water test to pin point your problem. I'm leaning toward nitrite and ammonia levels in your tank.
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If you setup around the middle of March, that's less than a month and nothing alive except maybe snails should be in the water in the first week of April. Cycled filter or not, my tanks get about 2 months before anything other than snails gets added to it so it has time to stabilize and if the snails die, something is really wrong.

White worms on the glass or gravel are usually a sign of overfeeding and bad water quality.

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